Posts Tagged ‘Spain’

Interest-Only to Repayment: Tenfold Increase

We hosted a webinar back in July in respect of Interest-Only mortgages. We have had quite a bit of interest in this very niche subject. It is becoming more and more relevant as time goes on. Click here to watch it on demand!

We have seen and helped hundreds of clients who had taken out Interest-Only loans who are now paying the hefty price.

This type of mis-sold mortgage issue is something that we’re seeing with our clients. They come to us after realising their 15-year interest-only term is coming to an end. We had a recent client who found out that his monthly repayments would go from €250pm to €2,150pm; an extremely high spike in payments that would very quickly become unfeasible

In this Webinar; our Chairman, Terry goes through a few examples of what we have seen and the successes we have achieved for our clients. He talks about interest-only mortgages particularly in Spain but also discussed Europe as a whole.

EU Property Solutions, with our legal team,  have the Bank’s gripped. But when it comes to loan sales, they are very often sold to vulture funds. They are different animals completely and these situations are becoming more prevalent. Last month a Spanish bank even sold a performing loan book. Everything was up to speed and good, but they still sold it on so be careful with that backdrop.

Undoubtedly, many people were mis-sold properties, however, it’s very difficult to win that argument or that war. There is one bank in Spain that has sold a lot of these interest-only mortgages but there are other banks involved too. If people try to do direct approaches with the Bank it very rarely works out, therefore we respectfully suggest that you don’t. In this webinar, Terry goes through why you shouldn’t do that and how we can attack the problem for you.

If your Interest-Only period is coming to the end of its term and you want to explore your options, contact EU Property Solutions today and we can help you.

📞: 0330 124 1230

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Buying or selling property in Spain?

This blog will be providing you with tailored advice on how to avoid these pitfalls when buying or selling property in Spain.

The Spanish property market has been through a turbulent period over the last decade. EU Property Solutions work with borrowers assisting them out of difficult situations often not caused by themselves as they fell victim to the Property Crash.

The 2007-2008 crash has led to people looking to sell and get out of the property burden and those looking for a bargain investment.

We have a few pointers if you’re considering buying or selling a property in Spain.

SELLING:

Price the Property to Sell

  • The property market in Spain has masses of supply currently, especially in the British/Foreign investor market.
  • Your property needs to be priced to sell, or it will sit on the market for a long time.

Will you clear any outstanding mortgage and debts?

  • Will your sales proceeds (sales price less costs) clear your outstanding mortgage?
  • Do you owe any debts for IBI taxes or Community Fees?
  • If you do not clear the mortgage your lender will not release their charge on the property and the sale cannot complete.

 Sales Costs

  • 3% Capital Gains tax if you are a non-Spanish Resident.
  • Estate Agent fees are 3-6% of the sales price.
  • Energy Efficiency Certificate typically €150-€300.
  • Plus Valia Tax – this is a local tax on the increase in the value of the rateable value of the land.

BUYING:

Purchase Costs

  • Legal conveyancing fees
  • Land Registry Fees
  • Notary Fees
  • Income Tax Provision when purchasing from non-residents.
  • Bank fees for money transfers and mortgage fees.

 Future Costs of Ownership

  • IBI Taxes
  • Community Fees
  • Utilities
  • Insurance
  • Non-resident tax

It all adds up.

 Understand what you are buying.

  • Research is essential
  • Is your mortgage affordable in the long term? Does the rate change?
  • What rental yield can you achieve – be careful if you have been promised a yield. These often don’t materialise.

Brexit and your registrations.

  • Have your NIE number ready well before starting the purchase process
  • Open a Spanish Bank account well before the purchase process.
  • Brexit implications for use of property need to be understood.

If you’re interested in hearing first-hand from our Chairman Terry Bell elaborate on any of the above, you can sign up for our free webinar that we’re hosting on Thursday 16th September at 6PM ‘FREE WEBINAR | Brexit and Covid-19 | What does this mean for property values?’ Click HERE to sign up!

PS: Don’t forget to visit our YouTube channel to access a full library of our free videos & webinars. CLICK HERE

Squatters in Spain

There is currently a huge problem in Spain with ‘Squatters’ unlawfully occupying unused holiday homes.

With Covid-19 travel restrictions ongoing, many holiday homes across Europe have been sitting empty for over a year. This has made the likelihood of Squatters in Spain invading properties x10 times more likely than before the pandemic.

Squatters are moving into these empty properties, making it their home and fitting new locks. They also avail of the properties water, electricity, and bins; leaving property owners left with increased bills and bins which cannot be used.

In a recent interview with Ena Cummings, founder of GoldenKeys Property; squatters were described as “vile, evil beasts” who should be thrown out immediately. Unfortunately, due to Spain’s insufficient legal system, Community Presidents not taking action, Banks being irresponsible and the countries water and electric board turning a blind eye, therefore, this means that property owners are left to deal with these squatters themselves.

In Ena’s community, there are 8 squatters who not only have moved into the development but have displayed public indecency. They have thrown bleach and wine at homes on top of stealing water, electricity, and their bin facilities. Ena expressed that the community wanted an AGM with the community presidents.

“It was arranged in 2019 to get the removal mafia in from Madrid. This was to remove the squatters, to get a loan, and pay it through our community fees (which was agreed.) But our two so-called presidents won’t sign the forms as they don’t want to throw people out on the street.”

The only guaranteed way to get squatters removed from a property is to hire a removal mafia from Madrid. This comes at a fee of €5,000. The other option to protect an empty home is to pay €35 a month for a photographic alarm system. The alarm system will notify the Guardia Civil who can throw them out within 48hrs. Nonetheless, both options add further expense to unused holiday homes in Spain.

Ena is adamant that “Spain needs to change their law, but it’s going to get worse before it gets better.”

If you have an unused property in Europe that you no longer can maintain, this is your time to act before squatters make your home theirs!

If you would like to dispose of your foreign property, there are options available for you to do so.  Get in touch with EU Property Solutions today and speak with our specialist team for your FREE consultation.

You can find Ena over on her website:
www.goldenkeysproperty.com
[email protected]

Why are Banks doing Loan Sales?

Welcome to Part Two of our four-part Blog Series featuring the impending Loan Sales that are occurring with European Banks.

This series of blogs shares our knowledge and keeps our readers up to speed with the fast-developing market that covers foreign mortgages. This blog answers the question of ‘Why do banks sell on loan books?’ As Covid-19 restrictions ease, and life begins to resume, Banks are starting to face their issues. What they are faced with are a number of different aspects that are driving them to undertake loan sales which typically, they sell to what are called vulture funds.

The main points as to why Banks are selling these loans are:

1.) They are getting a lot of pressure from their Central Banks, such as the Bank of Spain, which is directing them as to how they must conduct themselves.

2.) There is still a lot of legacy debt left over from the 2008 Financial Crash which needs to be recovered.

3.) The banks want to free up funds on capital because very often this is not the best debt they can carry on their books, which in turn helps them tidy up their balance sheets and they can also get on with what they are supposed to do which is be a bank in their own country for their own people.

EU Property Solutions have seen a huge increase in enquiries from people who are sent threatening letters from foreign banks. We advise those in this situation to take action immediately, especially if there is a negative equity property involved.

Banks don’t give notice as to when they are looking at a loan sale. They can be brutal in their attack and they are far more aggressive in their approach. If they are going to come after you – they will come after you; they will look to get their pound of flesh.

Vulture Funds are a completely different animal therefore they have a completely different agenda, they are far more aggressive in their approach.

Furthermore, if you have contemplated resolving a Negative Equity issue, wherever it may be; then get in contact with our specialist team via the methods below:

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of our Loan Sales Blog Series to find out more!

Spanish Property Repossession…HELP!

Spanish Property Repossession is an incredibly slow process but once the Banks start the process, it becomes unrelenting.

The Spanish Courts are awash with Property issues including Repossession and Deposit Reclaim hearings and the Actions can take years. Nonetheless, if you are in arrears with mortgage payments – your property can and will ultimately be repossessed. The costs involved in such Bank Actions, for which you will be responsible can be horrendous.

EU Property Solutions encourage borrowers to engage with lenders through a third party before repossession occurs, as this is when the best results can be achieved for borrowers and the lender. Nonetheless, should Spanish Property Repossession occur or have already happened we can help. See our case study below.

This brief blog sees us share what we are seeing in the subject of Spanish Property Repossessions, most notably:

  1. UK Debt Collection Agencies (DCA’s) are being used frequently and are becoming more prominent in their approach.
  2. Most borrowers with a Spanish property issue have an asset position in the UK, e.g. home and investments. These will be at risk if the DCA and/or look to enforce the debt owed.
  3. Many Banks currently looking to secure Orders Charging Land on clients’ UK assets to secure their debt position.
  4. Vulture Funds are increasingly buying non-performing loans from Spanish Banks. These funds want full repayment and are extremely aggressive in their approach. They are far more efficient in debt collection than Spanish Banks using Insolvency action against borrowers. THIS IS AN INCREASINGLY WORRYING TREND HERE.

If repossession has occurred and you are being pursued for outstanding debt, it is essential to act now and to engage with the relevant collection agent.

EU Property Solutions understand how collection agents work and how Banks operate, working with them on a daily basis.

A recent example of a Spanish Property Repossession case, EU Property Solutions settled with a core Spanish lender saw:

  • Our client owned a property in Estepona, Costa Del Sol.
  • Following a period of financial difficulty, our client fell behind on her mortgage payments.
  • Our clients’ property was repossessed and she received a letter from a UK Solicitors firm acting on behalf of the Spanish lender. They requested a full repayment of the £90,000 shortfall debt.
  • The clients’ non-engagement with the Bank saw costs rise considerably. The Bank ultimately secured a Charge on her UK home.
  • EU Property Solutions were appointed and within 6 months achieved a settlement. We achieved the settlement for £18,000 including; costs on a Full and Final Basis and the charge removed from her home.
  • The home is now safe and savings of c£72,000 achieved.

If your Spanish Property is subject to repossession or has been repossessed, call EU Property Solutions, it’s not too late – but make sure you call us today.

Phone: +44 330 124 1230

Email: [email protected]

We are the ONLY dedicated advisors who cover this subject in this way and with our confidence and knowledge, we felt compelled to write this short book for borrowers out there who are struggling with a foreign mortgage. Click here to read the full eBook!

Did you buy foreign property pre-2008?

It could be believed that 2005 – 2008 was a prosperous and positive time; with the Economic Boom and thousands of Brits and Irish, finally being able to afford the dream purchase of a ‘luxury’ holiday home in places like Spain or Cyprus.

At EU Property Solutions we see this experience in a different way. It was a time where the ‘buying frenzy’ was encouraged by duplicitous bankers, promoters, and developers.

For buyers, funds were easy to access both at home and abroad; non-status mortgages were two a penny, and credit checks didn’t even factor into the equation. With little to no barriers stopping the purchase of ‘too good to be true places’; it was only a matter of time before the foundations of this property boom literally crumbled underneath us all.

It was no wonder that in the autumn of 2008 when the world stopped turning and the financial crisis hit. These properties built on financial sand in the years before, suddenly sank quickly into Negative Equity; leaving people stuck with unwanted debt.

Countries including Cyprus and Spain were savagely hit as the whole banking industry was shored up by their State Banks. The collapse of the financial sector, and many of its long-established institutions, started a domino effect, leaving those at the end of the chain the main losers.

Those who dared to live the holiday home dream have now, unfortunately, become victims of the Economic Boom. Their once refreshing holiday cocktail soon left a bitter lingering aftertaste that is still being paying for to this day.

If the above sounds familiar and you have found yourself stuck with a Foreign Property in Negative Equity, our specialist team are here to take your call today!

We have published our first ever eBook ‘Foreign Property Mortgage Nightmare – 2006+ and all that..’

This book is not looking in any way to compound the pain of foreign property debt or ‘rub it in,’ but it seeks to explain the works that we undertake and what we have learned over the past ten years in this field.

Click here to download your FREE copy of our eBook!

My loan has been sold! – What are Loan Sales?

Welcome to Part One of our four-part Blog Series featuring the impending Loan Sales that are happening with European Banks.

As we come out of the third lockdown, the banks are having to start facing issues in the real world.

What they are doing straight away (especially in Spain) is two things:

  1. Consolidating and merging. La Caixa and Bankia have now merged and,
  2. There is also the ongoing saga of BBVA and Sabadell who are contemplating merging.

What is more worrying is that across Europe, (including Cyprus) Loan Sales are impending. Banks are looking to avoid what they call delinquent or troublesome debt and anything that is hard work for them. Selling these debts off at a discount to what are called ‘Vulture Funds’

EU Property Solutions implore that people to try and keep control when there even a sniff of this because dealing with people that buy the loans are Vulture Funds, who are a lot stronger than banks.

They are very good on a cross-jurisdictional basis and with litigation. They want their pound of flesh and they are not going to wait forever! Vulture Funds are short-term investors seeking recovery on their funds and they are pretty brutal in their attack.

That said EU Property Solutions have dealt with a number of Loan Sales situations when vulture funds are involved.

So, we advise you against waiting for this to happen and to take action today!

Keep an eye out for Part 2 of our Loan Sales Blog Series to find out more!

My Foreign Loan has been sold – Help!

A frequently asked question that we’ve been receiving recently has been “My Foreign Loan has been sold – Help!”

As we come out of Covid-19, Banks worldwide are looking to tidy up their acts. This usually takes the form of:

  • Writing off bad or delinquent debt,
  • Pressurising those struggling to maintain payments, and
  • The worst of all – selling their loans to Vulture Funds.

When Banks start to struggle, they look to take the pain of quickly writing off what they see as ‘bad debts’ and then look to ‘cash out’.

By ‘cash out’ we mean to sell these loans at a discount. That then frees up capital funds and for them, they do not have to manage delinquent accounts.

This ‘hassle’ factor has become more prevalent for our dear foreign banks over time and with this recession, we believe, and we are hearing such Loan Sales are and will become more prevalent going forward.

The purchases of such loans are usually referred to as ‘Vulture Funds’ and their key characteristics and agendas are best summarised by the following facts:

  • They are usually International Funds, Hedge or Venture Capital in nature,
  • Unlike the European Banks, they are strong in their approach to cross-jurisdictional issues and collection of debts,
  • They are looking for short term successors/cash flow from the portfolio they purchase from the Banks,
  • In the main, they are not long-term lenders, and most importantly, and
  • They are far more aggressive in their recovery approach, wanting their ‘pounds of flesh’.

A ‘long story short’ – Vulture Funds will:

  • Be in it for the short term,
  • Be legally aggressive with non-payers,
  • Chase across borders more efficiently than the Banks, and
  • Look to recover every €/£ they are owed.

We have several cases which saw us start our work with a Bank but they, in turn, sold that on to a ‘Vulture Fund’. That then requires us to pivot in terms of attitude, stance, and most importantly the strategy for our client.

If your Spanish/Cypriot/Portuguese mortgage loan has been sold to a third party AKA Vulture Fund, it is vital that you know your options.

Our specialist team are here to provide you with a strategy to alleviate foreign property debt as a whole.

You can also head over and watch our latest YouTube video on Vulture Funds, click HERE.

Call us today on 0330 124 1230 or send us an email at [email protected]

Did you purchase in Polaris World or Costa Blanca Golf Resort?

Costa Blanca has long been a popular hotspot for many people wanting to buy their dream holiday home. Over the years many have followed their dream purchasing either investment properties or holiday homes for retirement futures.

During the Spanish property boom pre-2008, many people purchased properties in this region. Our focus this week has turned to the notorious Polaris World Golf Resorts. 

They were once Europe’s most ambitious holiday home developers and consisted of numerous large-scale projects. These resorts were widely advertised on TV in the UK by legendary golfer Jack Nicklaus (the designer). This was to entice investors looking for a better life in the sun.

During this period, properties sold at highly inflated prices. Some apartments going for €200,000 (£160,000). Thousands of foreign investors flocked to purchase at these resorts. However, when the financial crisis hit in 2008, the prices of these apartments declined rapidly.

Despite the slump in the property market, Polaris World continued to build and ignored the warning signs.

By 2010, they were forced to relinquish most of their assets. This included the golf courses and unsold properties, to the lender. These once-popular resorts are now best described as ghost villages.

In 2018 some apartments are struggling to sell for €60,000. This is leaving many in Negative Equity with unaffordable mortgage payments to meet.

  • Do you own a property in Costa Blanca?
  • Do you know someone going through a similar situation?
  • Are you struggling to pay your mortgage?
  • Are you having trouble selling your property due to Negative Equity?

There are solutions, do not delay and contact us today. 

EU Property Solutions specialist team can offer tailored advice and solutions to end your nightmare forever.

Our legal team in Spain works effectively with borrowers to offload the negative asset and secure a significant debt write-down.

This often saves hundreds of thousands of euros for our clients. We have a dedicated team that will keep you informed every step of the way. 

Other well-known golf resorts in Costa Blanca such as:

  • Roda Golf
  • United Golf
  • Peraleja Golf
  • Corvera Golf & Country Club

Have now found themselves in the same predicament and therefore are essentially mortgage prisoners with nowhere to turn.

Our success is proven, EU Property Solutions recently worked with a client who had purchased a holiday home in Peraleja Golf, Murcia, Spain. Due to the property crash, our client’s property value plummeted from €300,000 to a forced sale price of €140,000. When the clients approached us, the outstanding mortgage was €257,000.

As the clients were pensioners, they were unable to maintain the high mortgage repayments.

The property had been placed on the market for 5 months at €200,000. It had generated zero interest due to the development itself falling into a state of disrepair and the linked golf course closing indefinitely.

To make matters worse, the couple owned a mortgage-free property in the UK with significant equity. Furthermore, they also owned other assets including ISAs and bonds. Understandably, they were worried about the repercussions of this problem property on their assets in the UK.

After providing specialist assistance, we negotiated the voluntary surrender of the property along with a complete debt write-off (Only fees payable in this instance were the consultancy fees of EU Property Solutions.)

So, this was an excellent result and as such has allowed the couple to move forward with their lives and enjoy their retirements.

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Behind on Community Fees & IBI Taxes?

Have you fallen behind on Community Fees & IBI Taxes? If so, read on!

EU Property Solutions assist people daily who have significant mortgage arrears and missed community fee payments. Many borrowers who purchased properties in Spain were not aware of costs such as Community Fees and IBI taxes. These additional costs and Mortgage Debt in Spain can result in significant stress.

Community fees are owed to Community Presidents in Spain. These Presidents are charged with ensuring the community in which you have purchased is visibly up to scratch – for example, the maintenance of common areas, swimming pool cleaning and general upkeep of grounds.

It is important for borrowers to keep up to date with these fees as debt collection can be instructed by Presidents in Spain to the UK and Irish Debt Collection Agents.

If you cannot pay your Spanish mortgage and fall into arrears, then your mortgage balance will increase.

Missed payments are added to the balance along with penalties and interest. Furthermore, you risk legal action and ultimately you are putting your home assets and income at risk if you do not act.

If you cannot maintain payments on your Spanish property, then swift action is needed. If you act quickly through an intermediary, such as EU Property Solutions, then the matter can be brought under control and an amicable and desirable outcome achieved.

In most Spanish settlements we can achieve:

  • The surrender of the property to the Bank and a complete debt write off.
  • We can even negotiate Community Fees arrears and IBI tax arrears into the settlement.

Visit our YouTube channel, we publish videos on a weekly basis. This week’s video sees our client, Sue Geraghty discuss the issues she was facing before appointing our services. CLICK HERE TO WATCH.

If you are struggling with any repayments on your Spanish Property call EU Property Solutions on 0330 124 1230 for a free case review.

Spanish Property Issues

Are you in Negative Equity and do not understand the meaning?

Sort out your Spanish property issues today! In simple terms; Negative Equity occurs when the current loan or mortgage balance secured on a property is higher than the current market value of the property. Subsequently, some borrowers refer to them as Negative Mortgages.

For example, if a borrower’s current mortgage balance is €150,000; but a recent comparable property may have sold for €100,000 (before selling costs of c8-10%)…this borrower is in Negative Equity and faces a mortgage shortfall of €50,000+.

Such Spanish property issues/shortfalls are due and payable in full as and when the property is sold or disposed of.

EU Property Solutions have had contact with and helped many hundreds of people who purchased in Spain and across Europe at the height of the crazily inflated market, pre-2008.

These couples and individuals took out huge mortgages which were too readily available. These scenarios in turn later left the majority of mortgage holders in some form of financial difficulty. Leaving them exposed to an asset with falling value.

Many who still own a property in Negative Equity feel trapped. They are unable to move on, being dubbed ‘mortgage prisoners’ or ‘Stuck in the Sun’.

Furthermore, EU Property Solutions are experts in Spanish Mortgage Law; assisting borrowers who still suffer from a Negative Equity loan.  We and our hand-picked legal teams work with all lenders across Spain. We can tailor our services based on your circumstances and lender.

A recent example saw us settle a Negative Equity position on a proposed sale of c€120,000 for £25,000 including costs. Genuine telephone testimonials are available to support our work.

Borrowers often bury their head in the sand. They face the very real risk of Spanish mortgage default or Spanish mortgage repossession. These scenarios can be life-changing and will expose your UK Assets and Income.

Dealing with the situation and acting now is key. EU Property Solutions legal team in Spain is ready to assist.

Don’t be a mortgage prisoner – let us find you a way out of this predicament.

Call EU Property Solutions today on 0330 124 1230.

Webinar Feedback – Mark Stucklin

Webinar

Terry Bell Presenting EU Property Solutions Webinar

Welcome to today’s blog on Webinar Feedback – Mark Stucklin. As you may be aware we held our first-ever live webinar on the 27th May 2020 on Spanish & Cypriot Property Debt. If you happened to attend, we would love to hear your thoughts on it, send them over to us on [email protected]

If you are interested in watching the live webinar over again, you can do so here: https://youtu.be/E4aRc_l8Oz8 

We had a great blog write-up from Property Market expert Mark Stucklin who discusses our webinar below.

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The economic crisis building as a result of the coronavirus pandemic will leave some people with mortgages in Spain in financial distress, through no fault of their own.

If this happens to you, it is advisable to seek help from independent experts on how to handle the situation.

Last week I attended my first webinar (online seminar, for those that don’t know), held by Terry Bell, speaking on behalf of Bell & Co. in the UK and Ireland, and EU Property Solutions in Spain and Cyprus.

These companies specialise in helping people with business and personal debt find negotiated solutions to their financial problems.

Terry’s presentation about the typical financial problems borrowers from the UK and Ireland run into with mortgages in Spain and Cyprus was an eye-opener.

For instance, there are still many people struggling with mortgages taken on in the boom years before 2008. They are not getting any younger.

Terry explained that the “demographic” of people with mortgage problems in Spain means that time is not on their side. They need to sort out this problem before it’s too late.

There are many people in arrears on their mortgage payments who think they can walk away from their foreign debts. They think the problem won’t catch up with them back home. That is wishful thinking, even for those who did this years ago.

Slowly slowly, Spanish mortgage debts are being worked through. Debtors are pursued back home on the basis of EU directives, increasingly by vulture funds who have bought the debt.

The worst thing you can do is stick your head in the sand and hope the problem will go away. It won’t.

The best thing you can do is contact third-party experts like EU Property Solutions, who have dealt with many cases like yours, and know what to do to get the best solution for you.

Experience is key to negotiating the best terms in this complicated situation. This is probably something you have never had to deal with before. And every lender in Spain has a different approach to dealing with what they refer to as ‘delinquent debt’. Only experience of dealing with many cases helps you decide the right strategy.

Terry talked about all the problems facing borrowers in Spain and Cyprus. There’s one brutal problem in Cyprus – that we can be grateful few borrowers in Spain are having to deal with:

  • Namely the Swiss Franc mortgages that were so gaily mis-sold to borrowers in Cyprus back in the boom years.

Since then, the value of property in Cyprus has plummeted:

  • Whilst the Swiss Franc has appreciated, crushing borrowers financially in a vice of negative equity.

Mercifully, most borrowers in Spain have euro mortgages, but some of them will still be in negative equity more than a decade after they purchased.

And now we have a new wave of financial problems to look forward to, thanks to the coronavirus crisis.

If you find yourself in financial distress, and unable to cope with your mortgage in Spain, don’t stick your head in the sand, get in touch with EU Property Solutions.

Will I be receiving no rental income in 2020?

Following the UK confirming that those returning from overseas travel will have to Self-isolate for 14 days, the Spanish Government has followed suit imposing the same restrictions. With this in mind, the question is – will you be receiving no rental income in 2020?

This year’s Summer Holiday season may well and truly be cancelled. 

If you are reliant on rental income to support:

  • Your mortgage payments,
  • IBI taxes, and
  • Community Fees on your Spanish Second Home –

The above will see you face increasing pressure to top-up payments from your home income.

Speaking with a local Costa Del Sol Agent:

  • It was confirmed that many Second Home Owners will take on long term rentals but given supply, these rental agreements will be very low in income.

Furthermore, many will be left without employment & may fall behind on their rent.

Second Home headaches are stressful enough in more positive times, but in these trying circumstances, they can be a real burden.

EU Property Solutions can end this burden in an effective manner without the need to travel to Spain.

We can help so your not asking yourself if you will be receiving no rental income in 2020?

Especially if the mortgage is greater than the true market price and the associated selling costs…which can be as much as 12%.

EU Property Solutions have options and plans for every eventuality, ensuring we protect you, your income, your home, pensions, and other assets – from any potential or ensuing legal threat.

WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO DEAL WITH SPANISH PROPERTY DEBT ISSUES.

Get rid of Overseas Property – Without Visiting Spain.

CORONAVIRUS – NO TRAVEL, NO PROBLEM – WE HAVE THE SOLUTION FOR YOU.

The world continues to be an uncertain place. In the UK the Government has announced its stepped plan to restore normality in the midst of Coronavirus – travel restrictions. We can help you get rid of your overseas property – without visiting Spain.

One thing that has hit the headlines is a 2-week self-isolation for those returning from abroad, bar France.

This is clearly detrimental for those looking to get rid of property overseas, especially during this period. No one wants to self-isolate for 2 weeks having been on lockdown for some time.

EU Property Solutions legal process allows you to get rid of your overseas property without visiting Spain. Here is how:

  1. You swear a Power of Attorney allowing our Legal Team in Spain to represent you and sign documentation in the country on your behalf. This is arguably the most you will travel – to a local notary to have this document sworn.
  2. We will arrange access for a Lender Valuation. Just give us the keys or tell us your keyholder’s details.
  3. We will communicate with the Lender on your behalf. Including any face to face requirements.
  4. We will sign the Legal Paperwork and conclude the case on your behalf.

Trust is key in this process. Trust us to do right by you and we need to trust you will cooperate to get the desired conclusion.

If your Spanish property is detrimental, especially now during this pandemic ~ respond. Allow EU Property Solutions to resolve the matter on your behalf from the safety of your home.

EU Property Solutions have options and plans for every eventuality. We ensure we will protect you, your income, your home, pensions, and other assets – from any potential or ensuing legal threat.

WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO HELP YOU DEAL WITH GETTING RID OF YOUR PROPERTY – WITHOUT VISITING SPAIN. 

Call us TODAY on 0330 124 1230 or email [email protected]

Spanish Holiday Home Values to Decline

Spanish Holiday Home Values to Decline

Uncertainty and the markets do not go well together, the Spanish Property market & Spanish holiday homes are no different.

NOBODY, BUT NO ONE KNOWS what is going to happen in the coming months because of Coronavirus.

For sure Spanish Property prices will decline – the extent of this drop is unknown. Spanish Property Expert, Mark Stucklin, completed a survey recently for his website which you can find on www.spanishpropertyinsight.com to get feedback as to how Covid-19 would affect Spanish Property Prices.  because and or so how together and are there

Key points relating to Spanish holiday homes:

  • 57% of respondents think house prices will reduce a lot (greater than 10%),
  • 37% of respondents think house prices will reduce a little (up to 10%), and
  • 6% of respondents think there will be no impact on house prices.

Yet another potential house price collapse, this will be alarming to borrowers as many are already self-declared “Mortgage Prisoners” in other words, with mortgage balances greater than their property value.

There are ways through this, and EU Property Solutions’ legal process can help avoid a protracted sale and the associated sales costs.  It is key to respond.

So, if you have:
1. Negative equity,
2. Falling rentals,
3. Lender issues,
4. Interest-only problems, or
5. Anything that relates to your property in terms of its problematic disposal….

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EU Property Solutions have options and plans for every individual case as we ensure to protect you, your income, your home, pensions, and other assets – from any potential legal threat.

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WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO DEAL WITH SPANISH PROPERTY DEBT ISSUES AND ALLEVIATE YOUR FOREIGN PROPERTY DEBT.

CORONAVIRUS – SELLING IN LOCKDOWN

Uncertainty of the pandemic continues around the world as Economies reel because of Coronavirus and imposed lockdowns essential to Public Safety.

Undoubtedly property markets suffer in periods of uncertainty.

2nd homeowners with property in Spain will be considering selling at this stage. Factors include no rental income for Peak season, declining values imminent and currently an inability to visit the property.

Selling property during a pandemic comes with its difficulties:

  1. The property could be in Negative Equity i.e. the outstanding mortgage is greater than the property value. With prices set to decline again, more borrowers will find themselves in this scenario.
  2. Costs of sale in Spain can be 10-12% of the sales price. Vendors must factor this into their calculations.
  3. The property must be “priced to sell”. There is a massive supply of 2nd home properties across the Spanish Costas and being realistic is essential.
  4. Demand for 2nd homes will undoubtedly fall in this period and for the rest of the year as confidence is hit.
  5. Lending restrictions imposed last year reduced the buyer pool, we await Banks’ response to this crisis and how their criteria will change again.

If you want to sell and cannot EU Property Solutions can assist. Our legal process avoids the Sales Process and associated costs.

As Mark Stucklin said last week:

“If you find yourself in financial distress as a non-resident or second-home owner due to this crisis you may see yourself miss your Spanish mortgage repayments.

You need to get hold of the situation quickly and start talking to your lender about the options.

If you feel you need professional help from experts who know how to negotiate with banks and get you the best outcome, get in touch with financial distress and negative equity experts EU Property Solutions to discuss your case.”

EU Property Solutions have options and plans for every eventuality, ensuring we protect you, your income, your home, pensions and other assets – from any potential or ensuing legal threat.

Coronavirus Pandemic

CORONAVIRUS – SPANISH PROPERTY OPPORTUNITY OR THREAT?

We are in unprecedented times with Coronavirus creating havoc across the world and especially in Europe.

It is a Health and Economic Emergency with thousands tragically losing their lives and millions losing their livelihoods.

Undoubtedly property markets suffer in periods of coronavirus uncertainty.

Spain is at the center of the European battle and property owners in the country face the following problems:

  1. There will be no sales of property in the next say 6 months – minimum.
  2. Even after that, we will see people’s inability to sell their property with the overhanging economic threat. The market was trying to recover before Coronavirus
  3. No or reduced holiday rental income due this year will be received.
  4. Long-term tenancies are at risk with the huge redundancies that will follow in Spain and across Europe.
  5. There is no Spanish Government assistance for overseas borrowers who own second homes.
  6. Property value will undoubtedly decline again. Negative equity will increase.

EU Property Solutions and our legal associates continue to operate in Spain under Government guidelines to progress cases with lenders and sign Settlements with Notaries. We have achieved two settlements this week.

If your property was a burden before Coronavirus, or is now, it is time to RESPOND.

EU Property Solutions have options and plans for every eventuality, ensuring we protect you, your income, your home, pensions and other assets – from any potential or ensuing legal threat.

Check out our latest settlement video to see a true reflection of our work in how we alleviate foreign property debt as well as allowing families to move on with their lives: CLICK HERE TO WATCH VIDEO 

As Mark Stucklin said last week:

If you find yourself in financial distress as a non-resident or second-home owner due to this crisis you may see yourself miss your Spanish mortgage repayments.

You need to get hold of the situation quickly and start talking to your lender about the options.

If you feel you need professional help from experts who know how to negotiate with banks and get you the best outcome, get in touch with financial distress and negative equity experts EU Property Solutions to discuss your case.

WE HAVE THE SOLUTIONS TO DEAL WITH SPANISH PROPERTY DEBT ISSUES.

Spanish Mortgage Relief – Mark Stucklin

We recently had a great write-up from Mark Stucklin – a Barcelona-based Spanish property market analyst, and author of the ‘Spanish Property Doctor’ column in the Sunday Times (2005 – 2008) on the Coronavirus Crisis and the downhill effect.

Spanish mortgage relief for borrowers falling victim to the coronavirus crash.

I’ve had enquiries about the mortgage repayment moratorium that the Spanish Government introduced for people struggling with mortgages due to coronavirus.

The scope of the moratorium is understandably limited to residents struggling to pay the mortgage on their main home.

Non-resident and holiday-home owners don’t qualify for relief, but anyone in those groups now struggling to pay a mortgage in Spain will find some advice at the bottom of this article.

The mortgage repayment relief was approved by royal decree in March as part of economic measures worth 200 billion Euros.

The first thing to note is that this moratorium only applies to residents of Spain so ones struggling with their main home.

Don’t expect any relief if you can’t pay the mortgage on your holiday home:

  • because tourist rental bookings have collapsed, or
  • you lost your job back home.

If that’s your situation, skip to the bottom of the article and receive some advice.

Borrowers who qualify for relief can apply for a temporary and interest-free mortgage repayment holiday or deferment.

An application can be submitted up to 15 days or so after the decree has expired.

Some sources report this deadline for applications as currently standing on the 3rd of May.

Spanish mortgage moratorium requirements

  • Borrowers who can demonstrate they have lost their job or seen their income slashed by 40% or more
  • Family income in the month prior to requesting mortgage payment relief was no higher than three times the IPREM household income reference point,
  • Mortgage repayment plus expenses and monthly utility costs greater than or equal to 35% of net household income.
  • Mortgage repayments as a percentage of household income have increased by at least 1.3 as a result of the Coronavirus.

You have to apply for this mortgage relief with your lender providing:

  • Proof of unemployment and business distress,
  • Your Family Book to accredit household members and dependents,
  • Homeownership documents including the nota simple land registry filing,
  • Deeds of sale and mortgage deeds, and
  • A debtor’s declaration of responsibility in compliance with the requirements of this decree

Non-resident and second-home owners in financial distress

If you find yourself in financial distress as a non-resident or second-home owner due to this crisis you may see yourself miss your Spanish mortgage repayments.

You need to get hold of the situation quickly and start talking to your lender about the options.

If you feel you need professional help from experts who know how to negotiate with banks and get you the best outcome, get in touch with financial distress and negative equity experts EU Property Solutions to discuss your case.

BOUGHT THE DREAM – NOW A NIGHTMARE

Did you buy the dream which has now turned into a nightmare?

Don’t take NO for an answer…The reason for our continued success across Europe, mainly Spain and Cyprus, is our refusal to take the 1st, 2nd or 3rd NO as the answer.

Murcia’s and most of the Costa’s credit-fuelled building spree up to 2008+ has ended in a rash of repossessions, empty villas, and roads to nowhere. The developments were once Europe’s most ambitious holiday home projects and the vast developments, golf courses, etc financed by supersized loans from Spain’s Cajas and Banks.

The properties were widely advertised on television in the UK to entice investors chasing the good life in the sun and hoping to profit from the property boom.

But now, years on, the holiday dream of sun-drenched apartments overlooking golf courses has turned sour. Apartments that once sold for €200,000 (£160,000) are struggling to fetch €60,000. The last resorts built are now ghost villages.

Today the bank-owned apartments that were selling for €200,000 at the market’s height, are being offered “as new” for €68,000 by the banks desperate to recover as much as they can.

Private sellers asking €50,000 struggle to find a buyer. Many owners who want to bail out can’t as their mortgages exceed the value of the property. This week has been a massively successful week so far for EU Property Solutions – but that would not have been the case if we accepted ‘no’ as our first answer.

Our mantra and that of our sister company www.bellcomp.co.uk is: 

‘Don’t take no for an answer, keep knocking down walls until someone says yes!’ – This is how we get results!

An example of our work saw:

  • A couple of retirement age approaching us last year.
  • They had been ‘sold the dream’ back in the day. An apartment purchased for €200,000, they remembered the date they signed, April 2008.
  • On the 15th September of the same year, just five months later, ‘their dream became a nightmare’. Overnight the value of their property plummeted to €80,000 and had not improved since.
  • The negative equity shortfall was c€100,000.
  • This couple had a 10-year interest-only mortgage and at the beginning of 2017 their mortgage payments doubled. Payment chances = none!
  • Almost ready for retirement, with a reduced income, the couple approached their lender to try to hand the property back or negotiate the repayments and write down the mortgage.

They were ‘at their wit’s end’ when the Bank rejected their offers/approaches.

The couple approached us for help. We approached the lender and after months of negotiation settled with them. They said NO to start with and NO again but we persevered and won. The €100,000 shortfall was settled for £20,000, including fees and genuine telephone testimonials are available to back up our results.

We would say this but it is imperative that you engage with a company like EU Property Solutions to make representation for you to the Banks if you face such an issue across Europe and beyond. (We recently achieved a settlement in New Zealand. 

Cypriot Vulture Funds

Since the start of 2020, we have seen a spike in enquiries, particularly from those with problematic Cypriot mortgages due to Cypriot Vulture Funds.

It has been common knowledge for some time now, but the Cypriot & Greek Banks have been lining up the sale of their NPL loan books for a while.

A recent article in the excellent ‘Cyprus Property News’ https://www.news.cyprus-property-buyers.com/, confirms a €4 billion sale by two players in the mortgage market. This will develop as the Banks look to ‘tidy up’ their loan books STILL reeling from the 2008/9 crash.

With any Foreign mortgage, trying to decipher what is truly going on, is difficult. Sometimes the teams within the Banks don’t even know, so why should you.

This niche area needs serious negotiators with strong knowledgeable legal representation on the ground in the country in question. EU Property Solutions has the complete package here – right across Europe.

Getting the right advice, from afar is difficult at best….impossible in most instances.

NPL’s can arise from any Banking covenant failure that may arise. Typically, these Banking covenant failures can arise from:

  • Mortgages with arrears on them,
  • Title and Deeds issues,
  • Swiss Franc mortgages,
  • The loan being greater than the value i.e. Negative Equity, and

Loans that revert from Interest Only to Repayment.

The issues above continue to plague mortgage holders and with over 60,000 British and Irish mortgage holders in Cyprus alone, these problems are not going away any time soon.

EU Property Solutions only ever act for the client and despite offers, would never act for banks.

That said, we recognize that the Banks of today are in an invidious position as they try to move on. They face the task of trying to unravel the awful loans written by less than scrupulous Banks and Brokers back in the day.

At best, the Banks are in zombie mode with all the pressure to bear from Bank of Cyprus, IMF etc, requiring them to sort these issues, but not providing them with the resources such as a Land Registry system that works.

EU Property Solutions and their sister company Bell & Company www.bellcomp.co.uk have over the past 10 years come across many, many debt purchasers such as the debt purchasers listed below.

The comments above are not in any way malicious about the teams in these Vulture Funds, but realistic. The teams within Vulture Funds have a job to do…and do it they will. Vulture Funds buy distressed debt/NPL’s from struggling financial institutions but get all the rights of the debt at their outstanding value i.e. the loan amount plus all costs and interest.

They are not long-term holders of this type of debt and look merely to maximize their return on the loan book and each and every loan in it.

What does this mean to those under such pressure, knowing a Vulture Fund now owns your mortgage?

  1. If you have a problematic debt with them, they will look to resolve it from their angle a soon as possible,
  2. This includes litigation in Cyprus and in the U.K. and Ireland,
  3. Their due diligence process will be far more stringent than the Banks to date when determining assets and liabilities,
  4. They will work on the premise that if a client is deemed to have sufficient assets to cover their debt…they will look to maximise their recovery from these,
  5. These include property assets including your home, pensions, cash in the bank, investments, etc and

Any other actions they see fit to maximise the return on their loan purchase.

HOW TO AVOID THE WRATH AND FURY OF VULTURE FUNDS….

Active engagement is vital, but, be aware Vulture Funds are far more clinical in their approach. There are no friendly chats here. They will hang on your every word; unlike previous conversations, you may have had with the Banks and their debt collection teams in Cyprus.

Third-Party Representation in such cases, where Vulture Funds now own your mortgage, is absolutely vital.

Vulture Funds are very effective in their work – which could possibly put mortgage holders at serious risk with UK assets.

Our mantra in our sister company – Bell & Company is always #KnowtheWorstAchievetheBest and it is so relevant with the Vulture Funds now buying up NPL’s in Cyprus

FINAL COMMENT – DOING NOTHING IS NOT AN OPTION HERE.